About a year ago, our friend Peter Harris, gave the following seven-minute talk on Zen and Nature as part of the Waterville PechaKucha.
Peter is a professor of English and Colby College, and a senior student at Treetop Zen Center, where Moosis founder Peter Seishin Wohl is a guiding teacher. Check out what he had to say. Continue reading
The astronauts in this video experienced a powerful shift in consciousness when they looked back at our planet from the big, black emptiness of space. Watch and see what they discovered: Continue reading
I wanted share something with a seasonal theme, given that spring is almost here. I realize that the spring equinox passed several weeks ago; a day on which the season undoubtedly arrived somewhere, perhaps in Maryland or New Jersey. However those of us who have endured the last few weeks punctuated with spells of cool, damp, weather, giving us frequent downpours of frigid rain and flooding the rivers, know that here in Maine spring has not arrived; we are mired in “mud season.” So, I thought that it would be a good time to look at a koan with a pleasant taste of nature to lift our spirits.
From the Mumonkan, Case 37:
A monk asked Joshu in all earnestness. “What is the meaning of the patriarch’s coming from the west?”
Joshu said, “The oak tree there in the garden.” Continue reading